Welcome to Farmer Redbeard…
Wilde Paarde Kloof is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the most picturesque areas deep in the countryside of the Cape Central Valley (Route 7 Ashton).
All our guest facilities are located on a working farm nestled in the wild and majestic setting of the Langeberg Mountains. Surrounded by the peace and solitude of a farm that shares its borders with the wilderness Wilde Paarde Kloof can be described as ‘Naturally beautiful and a little wild’. Here there is the luxury of space, hike-worthy hills and inviting historical buildings.
In this beautiful wine valley, Farmer Redbeard works on his land. His self-sustaining fruit, wine and honey farm is a hidden treasure of wildlife, Cape Fynbos, shimmering fruit orchards and vineyards surrounded by mountains. His attention to detail ensures that he produces quality fruit, handcrafted wines and honey with a unique and distinct aroma, flavour and character.
The terroir lends itself exceptionally well to the growing of noble grape varieties of Chardonnay, Muscadel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Farmer Redbeard’s wines are nurtured, produced and bottled with minimal interference and handcrafted with enthusiasm and passion.
DIE OU HUIS (The Old Farmhouse) (sleeps 8)
This lovingly restored, 18th Century farmhouse is one of the original houses built in the Cape Central Valley. It is centrally located on this historic farm and boasts a classic combination of old world charm and sound architecture. It is a short walking distance from the peach and apricot orchards, swimming pool and the vineyards.
ALOE COTTAGE (sleeps 6-8)
Aloe is a guest cottage adjacent to the main farmhouse and within a few paces from the peach orchards. This 3 bedroom unit is cosy and has farmhouse flair.
VINKEL AND KOLJANDER COTTAGES (sleeps 4)
Each of these fresh and modern farm cottages have a delightful view of the Langeberg Mountain. They are situated on the boundary of Wilde Paarde Kloof farm (nestled among the Fynbos), but close to the swimming pool and main farmhouse. They are within a short walking distance from the peach and apricot orchards, and vineyards.
BUSHBUS (sleeps 4)
The bushbus is located at the base of the Langeberg Mountain, amongst the remnants of the original Van Zyl homestead, in a tranquil Eucalyptus forest. This has been the venue for brave campers wanting privacy; or brides wanting a romantic wedding venue. It is also the perfect venue for day visitors, corporate team builders, and those celebrating their birthdays around a bonfire.
As an action packed holiday on this traditional South African fruit and grape farm, guests can enjoy the adventures and seasons of farming and living; wine tastings and afternoon naps, with a few bracing strolls; the harvesting of fruit, making preserves, grappa and wine; beekeeping, swimming, mountain biking, trail running, tractor trips, traditional bushbraai’s or just enjoy the tranquillity of the countryside.
Have a look at our top four greatest adventures…
1.FARMER REDBEARD’S VINEYARD TOUR ( 2 hours)
Albertus van Zyl, a Master Viticulturist shares his secrets to making good wine. The secret begins in the vineyards… This tour includes a farm tractor ride or hike that takes you through the vineyards of origin of some of Farmer Redbeard’s single vineyard wines. At the half way mark, a snack is served and paired with his wines (grape juice for kiddies).
R150pp sharing; R80pp children (5-14years)
WINE TASTINGS at the original Mill house is by appointment only.
2. HANDS ON BEEKEEPING (4 hours)
Farmer Redbeard, the bee-keeper, guides you through the safe steps needed in the process of bee calming, honeycomb collection and honey retrieval. This adventure includes the hire of your bee suite, a safety briefing, coffee and tea at the fire pit, a farm ride, the beekeeping experience, followed by a honey tasting on fresh farmhouse bread.
R430pp sharing, Children (7-15years) R300
3. A COUNTRY ESCAPE (2 NIGHTS/ 2 DAYS)
Discover the wild and wonderful Cape central valley. Things to look forwards to on this COUNTRY ESCAPE is a wine tasting with Farmer Redbeard, a Master Viticulturist; hands on beekeeping and a sunset bush braai and night tractor ride at the foot of the Langeberg Mountain in a Blue Gum forest. This adventure is the perfect team builder and family holiday. This program is balanced with adventure, fun and rest; and of course, excellent South African cuisine and wine. The traditional farm style accommodation is warm and comfortable.
Perfect for all ages and fitness levels, a guided mountain hike is the perfect way to explore the beautiful Fauna and Flora, and ruins of homesteads of the Dutch Hugenots on Wilde Paarde Hoek. Lunch and wine tasting at Klein Hoek Kloof wine estate is a treat, with chacuterie and award winning wines to end this memorable escape.
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4. LOCAL IS LEKKER (2 DAYS/ 2NIGHTS)
LOCAL IS LEKKER-ASHTON is balanced with good food and wine, adventure, exercise and fun.
Ashton, the small village with the big heart ‘and bridge’ welcomes you warmly with a wine/grape juice and chocolate tasting and cellar tour at our local co-op followed by a Viticulturist’s steak dinner in the old Mill house at Farmer Redbeard’s farm. Traditional Farm style accommodation is warm and comfortable. A tractor ride and bushbraai at the base of the Langeberg Mountain is a unique and beautiful experience on the second night…
An introduction to beekeeping, an opportunity to bottle your own wine; a short hike through the vineyards and fruit trees; a taste of our local gin and some award winning wines at wine estates such as Zandvliet, Klein Hoek Kloof and Excelsior are some of the activities to look forwards to. There is a treat for shoppers wanting to stock up on local curios, dry fruits, nuts and wines; and a bridge crossing over ASHTON ARCH, the first suspension bridge ever to be built in Africa.
Another authentic South African cultural experience is the Zolani township tour where African cuisine and beer can be enjoyed, and on those weekend tours, the Zolani choir will entertain their guests with traditional music.
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